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Sunday, April 26, 2009
TheTVObserver: Zac Efron
I have always found Zac to be very interesting; of course his stardom was not surprising since he had exactly what Disney looked for in most teen stars. This is the company that produced mega stars such as Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears. For some weird reason he looks very gay to me, more so the older he gets. He may or may not be, that’s not the point. What is obvious is how popular he is the world over and mostly in the US. His hair style has become a trademark of sorts and am sure the day he cuts his hair, the teen dollar will drop sharply.
Any person who reads up on Zac Efron will find story upon story, from the issue with his ears to questions on his sexuality, to how vein he is when it comes to looks and his hair. At the end of the online searches, you end up not knowing what is the truth and wishful thinking. Despite the advice he got from Leonardo, he needs to look after himself very well. For the sake of his career, but mostly to remain true to himself.
Today, TheTVObserver’s StarSpread presents Zac Efron. Zachary David Alexander "Zac" Efron (born October 18, 1987) is an American actor and singer. He began acting professionally in the early 2000s, and became known to young audiences after his roles in the Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical, the WB series Summerland, and the 2007 film version of the Broadway musical Hairspray.
Efron was born in San Luis Obispo, California and later moved to Arroyo Grande, California. His father, David Efron, is an engineer at a power plant, and his mother, Starla Baskett, is a former secretary who worked at the same power plant as Efron's father.
Efron performed in plays such as Gypsy, Peter Pan, Or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, Little Shop of Horrors, and The Music Man. Efron was recommended to an agent in Los Angeles by his drama teacher, Robyn Metchik (the mother of actors Aaron Michael Metchik and Asher Metchik). He was later signed to the Creative Artists Agency.
Shortly after High School Musical aired, Efron debuted with two simultaneous charted songs on Billboard Hot 100 on February 4, 2006, with "Get'cha Head in the Game" and "Breaking Free", a duet with Vanessa Hudgens from the film. On the following week's chart, Efron had five simultaneous song credits from High School Musical: "Get'cha Head in the Game", "Start of Something New", "What I've Been Looking For: Reprise", "We're All in This Together" and "Breaking Free." "We're All in This Together" was credited to the whole High School Musical cast. "Breaking Free", at the time, made the fastest climb in the history of the Billboard charts, from #86 to #4 between the two weeks; the record was beaten by Beyoncé and Shakira's "Beautiful Liar". Efron also appeared in the 2006 Disney Channel Games as captain of the Red Team.
Efron's singing talents were disputed when it was revealed that Andrew Seeley's voice was blended with his on the soundtrack of High School Musical.
An August 23, 2007 interview in Rolling Stone magazine revealed that he had been cast in High School Musical after the songs were written, and the songs (written for a tenor) were somewhat out of his baritone vocal range. However, Efron stated in interviews that he felt his future is that of a serious dramatic actor, not necessarily a singer.
On April 7, 2007, Efron appeared in an episode of Punk'd. Efron also starred in the music video for Vanessa Hudgens's single "Say OK", where he played her love interest. The video aired on March 16, 2007 on Disney Channel.
Efron presented the 2007 Teen Choice Award for "Favorite Movie" along with Queen Latifah, and later that year, he co-hosted the Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards with The Veronicas on October 10 in Sydney.
Efron reprised his role in High School Musical 3: Senior Year, which was theatrically released on October 24, 2008.
In early 2008, Efron was cast as the lead role in the film Me and Orson Welles. Based on Robert Kaplow's novel of the same name, the story, set in 1937 New York, tells of a teenager hired to star in Orson Welles' production of Julius Caesar, where he becomes attracted to a career-driven production assistant. The film was shot in the Isle of Man, London and New York, during February — April 2008. It was introduced to North America via the Toronto Film Festival on September 5, 6, and 11, 2008and scheduled for release in 2009.
Efron owns an apartment in Los Angeles, California and has two dogs, Australian shepherds named Dreamer and Puppy. He also has a Siamese cat named Simon
Alongside girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens re-enacting Prince Phillip and Princess Aurora in Disney's ad campaign dubbed "Where Romance Is Celebrated" (March 2009). He was also named one of People magazine's 2008 Sexiest Men Alive. On January 15, 2008, Efron was hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for an emergency appendectomy.
Vanessa Hudgens confirmed, in an October 2007 interview with Teen Magazine, that she and Efron had been dating since the filming of High School Musical, which took place in 2005. They were still dating as of April 5, 2009.